Film premiere, swing dancing, and other happenings around Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Film premiere, swing dancing, and other happenings around Costa Rica

Robert Isenberg - May 15, 2015

Film: “Dos Aguas” Two boys live in a humble town on the Caribbean coast. Their lives seem simple and carefree – until we discover that one of…

Las Tablillas blues: Costa Rica chases unauthorized immigrants along new border crossing
Crime
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Crime
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Las Tablillas blues: Costa Rica chases unauthorized immigrants along new border crossing

Robert Isenberg - May 14, 2015

LAS TABLILLAS, Alajuela -- A mango tree grows out of the border. You can tell it’s the border because strands of barbed wire stretch right through the…

Costa Rica’s border road, ‘la trocha’ confounds
Border dispute
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Border dispute
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Costa Rica’s border road, ‘la trocha’ confounds

Robert Isenberg - May 13, 2015

LOS CHILES, Alajuela — If you ask random strangers in northern Alajuela province where la trocha is, they know exactly what you’re talking about. They give explicit…

Funk masters, fútbol mania, and other happenings around Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Funk masters, fútbol mania, and other happenings around Costa Rica

Robert Isenberg - May 8, 2015

Art City Tour It’s time for another Art City Tour, but this one comes with a twist: May 18 is International Museum Day, and GAM Cultural plans…

‘Cocorí,’ a racism debate, and a brief history of controversial children’s lit
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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‘Cocorí,’ a racism debate, and a brief history of controversial children’s lit

Robert Isenberg - May 6, 2015

Not long ago, legislator Epsy Campbell Barr took issue with one of the most famous works in Costa Rican literature, “Cocorí.” Written in 1947 by Joaquín Gutiérrez,…

President Solís demands special FIA inquest
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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President Solís demands special FIA inquest

Robert Isenberg - May 6, 2015

If you’ve been following the disastrous International Arts Festival (FIA) these past three weeks, you probably have one of two attitudes: 1. This once-beautiful festival was horribly…

Football
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Cartago football champs win local ‘Super Bowl’

Robert Isenberg - May 4, 2015

[caption id="attachment_63288" align="alignright" width="330"] Courtesy of NTFL[/caption] Compared to soccer, “American football” is a pretty quiet sport in Costa Rica. But during last Sunday’s game, Los Leones…

New Costa Rica-Nicaragua border crossing to open this weekend
Business
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Business
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New Costa Rica-Nicaragua border crossing to open this weekend

Robert Isenberg - May 1, 2015

LAS TABLILLAS, Alajuela — Until recently, Las Tablillas hasn’t looked like much. There’s a lonesome highway, some scattered buildings, and a police checkpoint, where a group of…

Enrique Iglesias, Raphael, and other happenings around Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Enrique Iglesias, Raphael, and other happenings around Costa Rica

Robert Isenberg - May 1, 2015

Music: Enrique Iglesias, Capital Cities It’s here, the moment many a Tica has been awaiting: Enrique Iglesias is arriving in Costa Rica. The Spanish mega-star will descend…

Arts and Culture
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Free ebook anthologizes 25 Tico travel stories

Robert Isenberg - April 29, 2015

[caption id="attachment_62821" align="alignright" width="400"] Courtesy of Ernesto Adduci[/caption] Writers often have “aha” moments, when a great idea springs from seemingly nowhere. Marcel Proust once smelled a sponge…